Newbie here. I do a bit of home electrical work at the most basic level. (Replacing outlets and switches. Running a new line off an existing outlet. Nothing that would even elevate me to an amateur status.) I am smart enough to know to always turn off the breaker and to always double-check to make sure it is off. The rest, I know, is enough to make me dangerous.
So, I'm trying to figure out what is going on here. I am in US. I have a 240V 30A breaker that powers two 240V heaters in two different rooms. Both heaters draw less than 8A and both have their own dedicated thermostat. The heaters do not have built-in thermostats. I am replacing the thermostats with 'smart' thermostats. (The Mysa thermostat.) Picture of the existing thermostats below.
I did some research. I watched YouTube videos on 240V. I read the heater wiring diagrams. I read (twice) the Mysa install documentation. I pulled off the first thermostat on that circuit and it was exactly what I expected. 2 wires coming in from the breaker (red and black) and 2 wires going to the heater. I followed the instructions, triple-checked my work, put the new thermostat on the wall, and threw the breaker back on. Ta da! Smart thermostat bliss!
Breaker back off. Removed the other thermostat. WTF???!!! There were only 2 wires in the box. One was connected to a red. The other was connected to a corresponding black. The other red and black were not connected and had wire nuts capping them off.
The heater works, but based on my (VERY LIMITED) understanding of 240V, I have no clue what is going on here. Or even how this is supposed to be working. The heater is definitely a 240V heater. Is there something sneaky / sketchy going on inside the wall that I can't see?
I'd appreciate it if anyone has suggestions.